Huge tree destroys two cars and blocks major road after being blown over in wind

The incident has caused huge damage to the vehicles

A huge tree destroyed two cars and trapped passengers inside as it fell on the carriageway of a major road in South Ribble.

The incident took place this morning (April 7) on A49 Wigan Road. A road closure was put in place between Shady Lane to the junction of the A6, Lostock Lane. Lancashire Police attended and cited a ‘weather related incident’ as the reason for closure. Pictures from the scene show the huge tree lying across the carriageway.

Two vehicles were reportedly destroyed by the falling tree. Two people were initially trapped inside one vehicle and were freed by the fire service. A woman driving another vehicle suffered a minor head injury.

People with chainsaws have been spotted at the scene, along with Highways officers. It is not yet known when the road will reopen to the public. Traffic is currently being diverted away from the area, with motorists urged to use Lydiate Lane to access the A6.

A spokesperson for Lancashire Police said: “We were called around 7.35am today (Thursday, April 7) to a report a tree had fallen on two cars in Wigan Road, Bamber Bridge.

“Two people were initially trapped in one vehicle and later freed by the fire service. No injuries were reported. A woman driving another vehicle suffered a minor head injury during the incident.

“A road closure is in place while the tree is removed.”

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